If you're looking for the best sloppy Joe recipe, these Texas Toast Sloppy Joes are the answer! This is an easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love and as a bonus, it's made from scratch.
Sloppy Joes are ideal for prepping ahead of time and popping into the oven after a busy day! The Texas toast garlic bread provides a whole new layer of flavor in this updated traditional family dinner recipe.
We have two 'almost-sixteen' twin boys to feed and this recipe is perfect for hungry kids! These sloppy joes reheat very well either pre-assembled or with the meat mixture separately the next day. (see notes on recipe card for instructions)
I've included several substitutes below if you're out of an ingredients. Don't let that stop you from enjoying this easy and delicious dinner recipe!
Don't let the long ingredients list fool you in this recipe! This is a quick and easy recipe to make. I love that it uses prepared garlic Texas toast straight from the grocery store. Sure, you could make it from scratch, but this is your down-and-dirty get-dinner-on-the-table-fast kind of recipe.
You may notice that this is a sloppy Joe recipe without ketchup. That's right! Although many recipes call for ketchup, you won't need it in this recipe.
- lean ground beef - you can use medium and regular as well. Just be sure to drain off the fat after cooking it with the onions and peppers.
- onions - I like to use yellow cooking onions, but you can use any type of sweet onion.
- green bell pepper - I like to dice them a little on the chunky side, but if you have fluffy eater, you can use my trick of finely chopping to disguise them.
- garlic - fresh garlic is delicious in this recipe!
- tomato sauce - I use store bought tomato sauce or you could make your own tomato sauce, if you have an abundance of tomatoes in your garden.
- tomato paste - helps the sauce thicken and adds flavor.
- Worcestershire sauce - doesn't matter if we can't pronounce it. It adds delicious flavor to this sloppy Joe recipe.
- brown sugar
- dry mustard
- chili powder
- red pepper flakes - optional but mmmm, they're tasty.
- salt & pepper
- mozzarella cheese - for the absolute best, use fresh Italian mozzarella that you grate yourself.
- Texas toast garlic bread - you can find this pre-made in the grocery store.
Step by Step Instructions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
In a large skillet, brown ground beef with onion, green pepper and garlic until meat registers 160°F on a meat thermometer.
Add in tomato paste, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, dry mustard, chili powder, red pepper flakes (if using) salt and pepper. Simmer over low-medium heat until thickened. This should take about ten minutes.
Meanwhile, toast the garlic Texas toast in 425°F oven to 8 to 10 minutes, turning over halfway through.(Check package instructions, some brands may suggest a lower temperature). You want the bread to be lightly toasted.
Spoon meat mixture on top of each slice of toasted bread as thickly as desired. Top with shredded cheese. Change oven temperature to broil and broil for 1 to 2 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Are you out of an ingredient? No problem! I've got you covered.
-substitute medium or regular ground beef for lean ground beef. You can also use ground chicken or turkey.
-substitute 1 teaspoon of onion powder or 1 tablespoon of onion flakes for the chopped onion
-substitute yellow, red or orange peppers for the green bell pepper
-substitute ¾ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 and ½ teaspoons garlic flakes for the fresh garlic.
-out of brown sugar? substitute an equal amount of white sugar. If you have any molasses, add in 1 teaspoon as well. You want to sweeten up the sloppy Joe filling just a little!
-substitute 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard for one teaspoon of dry mustard.
-Mozzarella cheese - substitute shredded Cheddar or freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
-Texas toast garlic bread - substitute plain Texas toast, hamburger buns or hot dog buns in a pinch.